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Recusal saves plus-one insurance expansion

Posted 9/24/2014 in Starkville & Oktibbeha County

Starkville will again allow its employees to place same-sex partners on the city's insurance plan after the board of aldermen fell one vote shy of overturning Mayor Parker Wiseman's veto of their action to limit the expansion to only legally married couples Tuesday.

Federal lawsuit dismissed against county school district

Posted 9/24/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A federal lawsuit against the former superintendent of the Lowndes County School District filed by the current superintendent has been dismissed.

Rights of same-sex military spouses vary by state

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

On the wall over her bunk in Kuwait, Marine Cpl. Nivia Huskey proudly displays a collection of sonogram printouts of the baby boy her pregnant spouse is carrying back home in North Carolina.

Newell wins new trial in Slab House manslaughter case

Posted 9/24/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

An Alabama man sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for manslaughter in a 2008 shooting death at a Mississippi bar has won a new trial from the Mississippi Court of Appeals.

Millport agrees to purchase county land for lagoon

Posted 9/24/2014 in Area

The final hurdle for the City of Millport to break ground on its waste water lagoon has been cleared.

 

Jackson school system joins funding lawsuit

Posted 9/24/2014 in State

Jackson Public Schools are joining a lawsuit seeking to recover a shortfall in state education funding and bar future underfunding.

 

 

Mercedes labor chief seeks UAW foothold in Alabama

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

The head labor official on Daimler AG's supervisory board says he considers it "unacceptable" that the German automaker's Mercedes plant in Alabama stands alone among the company's factories around the world without union representation for its workers.

 

 

Police: Fired UPS employee kills 2 ex-colleagues

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

Fired a day earlier from UPS, a man put on his work uniform, drove to an Alabama package sorting center and evaded security by entering through a truck dock in the rear, police and the company say.

 

 

Filmmaker: Ambush suspect was odd but not a threat

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

Eric Frein obsessively collected military memorabilia, dismissed his fellow war re-enactors as dilettantes, and took his hobby so seriously that he spoke French during a simulated Vietnam War-era interrogation, according to a filmmaker who interviewed the man now suspected of ambushing a Pennsylvania State Police barracks.

 

 

Assad backs all efforts to fight terrorism

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

President Bashar Assad said Tuesday he supports any international effort against terrorism, apparently trying to position his government on the side of the U.S.-led coalition conducting airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Syria.

 

 

GOP uses terror threat against Dems in campaign

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

The recurring image in the latest Republican campaign ads is a lone militant walking across a barren land with the black banner of the Islamic State group.

 

 

Oil near its low for the year despite turmoil

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

The oil market has lost its jitters.

 

Ohio college president backs skunk safety

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

An Ohio college president says the school supports safety for skunks, and for other furry creatures, too.

 

FDA to doctors: Beware fake drug distributors

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

U.S. health regulators are trying to help doctors spot counterfeit and unapproved drugs by raising awareness of illegal operations that peddle bogus drugs to health professionals.

 

 

Paula Deen documentary tells her side of downfall

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

Paula Deen is ready to tell her side of the story behind the racist remark that decimated her career, but you'll need to pay to hear it.

 

 

Backers seek expansion of civil rights death law

Posted 9/24/2014 in National

There has only been one prosecution under the Emmett Till Act, even though the law was passed with the promise of $135 million for police work and an army of federal agents to investigate unsolved killings from the civil rights era. Some deaths aren't even under review because of a quirk in the law.

 

Brooks calls on black men to 'do better'

Posted 9/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

About 60 men gathered at Sim Scott Community Center on Monday for a community "Men of Color" meeting called by Lowndes County Supervisor Leroy Brooks.

Couple starts Columbus snow cone biz

Posted 9/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

It's been less than a month since Robert and Velma Woodard started a snow cone side business in Columbus.

Sanctuary of Lowndes County church condemned

Posted 9/23/2014 in Columbus & Lowndes County

A church in east Lowndes County is on the verge of collapsing.

 

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